Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Aug. 2004, inside back cover

Guide to the Friend

The Guide to the Friend can help you find stories or articles for preparing lessons or talks for church or for family home evening. The Primary theme for August is “Faith, prayer, repentance, and forgiveness can strengthen my family.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

Look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned below.

  1. Tell the story given by President Gordon B. Hinckley in “Following the Crowd” (pages 2–3). Will you make the decision to do what’s right no matter what others are doing? Role-play different situations where you might need to choose the right. End by sharing the experiences of Elder Christoffel Golden Jr. in “Family Traditions” (pages 6–7).

  2. Use the pictures to tell the story “Testimony of an Apostle” (pages 20–21). Share your testimonies. Talk about how you can strengthen them by what you do each day.

  3. Follow the instructions to prepare the activity “Always Choose the Right” (pages 24–25). After you have done the activity with your family, read some of the examples of others who have chosen the right in “Trying to Be Like Jesus” (pages 8–9).

  4. When David O. McKay was frightened as a young boy, what did he do? Read “David’s Prayer” (pages 4–5). Discuss what frightens you and how your family and Heavenly Father can help.

  5. Together read the story “Watching Over Wasel” (pages 46–48), then do the activity “Praying to Heavenly Father” (page 35) and discuss the different kinds of prayers that bless our lives. Resolve to continue to pray together morning and night.

  6. For refreshments, make “Cherry Chocolate Pie” or “Banana Crumb Pops” (page 22).

  7. For more ideas, see page 38.

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